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A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Crosby insisted that first-time Paramount contractee Rhonda Fleming share star billing with him because he was worried about carrying the sole weight for a film's success or failure. See more »

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In the long shot where Hank makes the sun "vanish" during an eclipse (a process shot), the sun is depicted as being covered by a black disk while the sky around it remains sky-blue; in reality, the sky would go dark, as if night had fallen. See more »

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[first lines]
Hank Martin: Here ya are.
[pays taxi driver]
Hank Martin: Hey, has this castle always had four turrets?
Pendragon Castle door man: Always.
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Version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921) See more »

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BUSY DOING NOTHING
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby, William Bendix and Cedric Hardwicke
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A film that has everything
22 July 2000 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is a film that has a little something for everyone, and that is what makes it a winner. It has the right blend of humor, action, intrigue, music, fantasy and charisma. One of the few total straight-to-finish feel good movies, "Yankee" is great for everyone in the family. And of all the films I have ever seen, this is my favorite. A pretty good recommendation, and I can't make it any stronger!

Bing Crosby plays a regular Joe who is mystically taken to the realm of Camelot. Basically he bums around and goes on adventures, bringing his 20th century wit and know-how along. He teams up with spectacular William Bendix's Sir Sagramore and falls for the beautiful Rhonda Fleming. Battles, music, evil plots and laughs ensue.

At times it seems a little too self-serving to Bing Crosby, but it's understandable and at times actually enjoyable. Bing has his run of Camelot, singing and bringing mirth to everyone. The technicolor is a little cheesy at parts, but by no means does it ruin anything. It doesn't matter what you're looking for, this movie has it; "Connecticut Yankee" is the perfect movie for when you're looking for something that takes its joviality seriously.


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